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Summer Sessions: Closing

Aug 13, 2019 – Aug 18, 2019


On August 17, we will reconvene for one final session. Together we will reflect on what emerged during Summer Sessions and what we should carry forward into the ICA’s future work—in particular to the exhibition Commonwealth (working title). That project is a collaboration with colleagues in two other commonwealths—Philadelphia Contemporary (Pennsylvania) and Beta-Local (San Juan, Puerto Rico)—and will unfold across all three sites in fall 2020.

Saturday, August 17 //
Public Session + Closing Party, 1–6 pm

Open to the Public

1–2:15 pm | What happened at Summer Sessions? Review + Discussion
Reporting and reflections on Summer Sessions led by Duron Chavis (facilitator, Natural Resources and Built Environment) and Rebecca Keel (facilitator, Assembly and Public Domain), with Luis Vasquez, David Riley, Noah Simblist, and Stephanie Smith.

2:30–4:30 pm | Workshop
The Conciliation Project offers a theater-based workshop to move through themes, issues, and emotions that emerged during Summer Sessions. Key ideas will be collectively distilled to carry forward. Led by Tawnya Pettiford-Wates (associate professor of theater at VCUarts) and co-facilitators. The Conciliation Project is a creative social justice organization based in Richmond that works to eliminate racial and cultural stereotypes to move toward a more just and equal world.

Limited space; RSVP Encouraged

4:30–6 pm | Celebration
Closing reception with refreshments, DJ Rattan, and cash bar.


Summer Sessions: Commonwealth

Jun 15, 2019 – Aug 18, 2019


Summer Sessions: Introduction

Saturday, Jun 15

1:00 PM–5:00 PM


Summer Sessions: Natural Resources

Jun 18, 2019 – Jun 23, 2019


Summer Sessions: Built Environment

Jun 25, 2019 – Jun 30, 2019


Summer Sessions: Dependence / Independence

Jul 1, 2019 – Jul 7, 2019


Summer Sessions: Assembly

Jul 7, 2019 – Jul 14, 2019


Summer Sessions: Public Domain

Jul 16, 2019 – Jul 21, 2019


Summer Sessions: Reflections

Jul 22, 2019 – Aug 11, 2019


Summer Sessions: Closing

Aug 13, 2019 – Aug 18, 2019


Duron Chavis

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond

Rebecca Keel

Tawnya Pettiford-Wates, Ph.D.

The Conciliation Project

Chioke I’Anson

VCU Department of African American Studies